Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Politically Correct Censorship.

The PCers often want us not to say--even if it is true--"n" because racist crazies will use it to deny blacks "y"; or you can't say "z" because it might be used by the right wing (or left wing, for that matter) to justify their position on "a". And on and on it goes.

What about E=mc2; should we have stopped Einstein from saying that because it might (and did) lead to the development on an atomic bomb? What about saying "God"? Should we not say that because it might lead to religious warfare? What about the word "freedom"? After all, revolution lead to killing and death?

Darwin suppressed his knowledge of evolution for twenty five years for fear of charges of heresy (and perhaps his wife's religious sensibilities.)

Galileo held back his fully endorsing his own discovery that the earth was not the center of the universe for fear of the full condemnation (read, Inquisition) of the Catholic Church.

I think that people should say whatever they want, whenever they want; and not be castigated for it; and not be killed by it.

Whatever happened to "Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me?"

Leave words alone. True, sometimes language sometimes leads to falsehood; maybe worse (the shouting of "fire" in a theater, for example); but free thought and speech is the only and best path to knowledge.

Without truth we remain backward. Liberals should especially remember that; after all, they claim they are forwardly progressive.


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